FOR more than a century the government of Canada ran a system of residential schools for indigenous children, taking them from their parents—by force if need be—and putting them into institutions where many were physically and sexually abused. Seven years ago Stephen Harper, then Conservative prime minister, apologised on the government’s behalf to the 150,000 children and their families for the brutal attempt to wipe out their cultures. On December 15th Justin Trudeau, the new Liberal prime minister, apologised again, saying the “abhorrent” system represented “one of the darkest chapters in Canadian history”. He then said he would ask Pope Francis to apologise too. Why involve the pontiff?
One might ask who PM Trulander thinks he is but one could be waiting for a long time for the answer.
Furthermore, there is no sense in deluding one’s self into thinking that another apology on top of previous apologies is what Big Aboriginal is really after.
Pope Francis should publicly tell PM Trulander to cram it.